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    depends/depending

    Dear all,

    If I would say,

    its replacement would be A "depends" or "depending" on how you use it.

    Should I use depends or depending?

    Thank you

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    Re: depends/depending

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    Here are two imaginary dialogue I wrote to examplify the difference. There would be other different places to use them.

    P1: We need to change the schedule.
    P2: Depending on what?

    P1: Will we able to go on a vacation in this summer?
    P2: Depends.
    P1: On what?
    P2: On whether we could save enough money or not until the summer comes.

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    Re: depends/depending

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Hello,
    If you use be, you will need to use depending
    Its replacement would be depending on how you use it.

    Hint: Depends would be wrong anyway, because you don't need to add an -s since you use would.
    Grammatically correct should be:
    Its replacement would depend on how you use it.

    Or even:
    Its replacement depends on how you use it.

    P.S: I believe it's "If I said.... would", not "If I would say... would" - but maybe I'm wrong...

    Cheers!

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    Re: depends/depending

    As I see now, Nightmare understood the question well, and I answered a bit out of context. So, stick with Nightmare's answer.

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    Re: depends/depending

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Hello,
    If you use be, you will need to use depending
    Its replacement would be depending on how you use it.
    This is a substandard sentence.
    Its replacement would be what depending on how you use it?
    The following is possible:
    "Its replacement would be bigger/different/stronger, depending on how you use it."

    The rest of your post is good, and contains better alternatives.

    P.S: I believe it's "If I said.... would", not "If I would say... would" - but maybe I'm wrong...
    You're right. We don't say, "If I would say..."
    Cheers!
    R.

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